Food distribution set in Winona this morning

WINONA – A food distribution will be held from 10 a.m. to noon today at the Winona Friends Church, 4615 Whinnery Road. Families and individuals living in the United Local School District are eligible.

Pam Stenzel to speak at Salem First Friends Church

SALEM – Renowned international speaker Pam Stenzel will be speak at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Salem First Friends Church, 1028 Jennings Ave. Stenzel tackles the tough issues of sex with candor, insight, humor, and the challenge for young people to get the abstinence advantage. This community wide event contains material suitable for seventh graders and older. Refreshments follow the presentation.

Grief support sessions

offered at Emmanuel Lutheran

SALEM – New Horizon grief support sessions are available to all adults who are grieving the loss of a loved one through death. Sessions begin from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 5 and will run for eight weeks in the Emmanuel Lutheran Church Education Building at 251 S. Broadway Ave. The facilitator will be Kim Calhoun of Hospice of the Valley. For more information, or to register for this group, call the church office at 330-332-5042.

Soup sale planned at Calla Community Church

CANFIELD – Calla Community Church’s missionary society is sponsoring a soup sale from 4 p.m. Feb. 7, until sold out, at 6482 W. Calla Road. Potato soup and chicken with homemade noodles are available at $6 per quart. Also featured will be fresh baked bread at $2 per loaf. Proceeds benefit local mission projects. To pre-order call 330-507-2255 or 330-501-1597.

Family Practice staff

sponsors Banquet in Salem

SALEM – The staff at the Family Practice Center of Salem is sponsoring and volunteering their time to host the Banquet in Salem in appreciation for the kindness and generosity the physicians at the Family Practice Center have shown throughout the year, including Dr. Richard Fawcett, Dr. Richard Banning, Dr. James Gardner, Dr. Dean Economous and Dr. Michael Sevilla. The meal will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Memorial Building, 785 E. State St. Chicken noodle soup, pork loin, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, applesauce, rolls, fresh vegetables and fruit and ice cream sundaes will be served.

Additional sponsors are needed. For more information call Patty Colian at 330-831-2169.

St. David’s Day Banquet

set in Youngstown March 1

YOUNGSTOWN – St. David’s Society will hold its 123rd annual St. David’s Day Banquet in honor of the Patron Saint of Wales on March 1 at the Saxon Club Pavilion. Festivities begin at 2 p.m.

The banquet is the signature event of St. David’s Society and always held on the Saturday closest to March 1, St. David’s Day. The banquet hall will be decked out with Welsh flags, shields, banners, pictures of St. David and daffodils, the national flower of Wales. Musical entertainment is provided by Jennifer Jones Mosher.

The public is invited. Cost is $19.50. For reservations call 330-792-2000 prior to Feb. 22. For membership information contact

Vacation Bible School

workshops offered

SALEM – Lion and Lamb Christian Resources in Salem and Niles will host Vacation Bible School (VBS) workshops from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 7 at Grace Fellowship Church, 2150 Niles Cortland Road SE, Warren, 330-505-1319; and 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 8 at Lion and Lamb, 145 S. Broadway Ave., 330-332-8501.

Presentations will run two hours, with time afterward to talk with the workshop presenters and view VBS materials. VBS starter kits are in store and available now to review.


Breakfast offered at Damascus church

DAMASCUS – The public is invited to the monthly community breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. today at the Damascus United Methodist Church, 300 Valley Road. The suggested donation is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 10.

St. Paul class to sponsor Banquet

SALEM – Members of the St. Paul confirmation class will sponsor and serve the Banquet in Salem from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Memorial Building, 785 E. State St. The menu includes wedding soup, roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, mixed vegetables, salad, fresh vegetables and fruit, and assorted desserts.

Additional sponsors are needed. For more information call Patty Colian at 330-831-2169.

Breakfast buffet offered in North Lima

NORTH LIMA – An all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet will be available from 7 to 10 a.m. Jan. 25 at the North Lima Mennonite Church. Donations will be accepted. Items on the buffet will include eggs, pancakes, french toast, sausage, potatoes, homemade rolls, sausage gravy and biscuits, peppers and mushrooms, coffee, orange juice, and other beverages. For additional information call the church at 330-549-2333.

Pasta fundraiser set in New Waterford

NEW WATERFORD – A pasta dinner fundraiser is slated from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Jan. 25 at New Waterford United Methodist Church, 46925 state Route 46. A buffet format is offered with various types of cooked pasta with a choice of three sauces, garlic bread, salad, beverages and desserts. Donations will be accepted.

There will be a silent auction held during the dinner. The evening will conclude with family re-gift bingo from 6 to 8 p.m. Those interested are asked to bring a wrapped re-gift to use as prizes. There is no charge and no cash prizes for bingo. For more information call 330-457-7436.


Drive-by ham dinner planned

COLUMBIANA – A drive-by ham dinner will be served from 4-6 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Columbiana First United Methodist Church. Cost is $7.

Weight loss program set at Winona church

WINONA – The Winona United Methodist Church will begin a Christian-based weight loss program at 6 p.m. Jan. 13 in the church parlor. The Prism Weight Loss Program requires a six-week commitment and features a healthy, well balanced diet of non-processed foods. There are no weekly weigh-ins and there is no cost to participate. For more information call 330-222-2215.

Fly-by carryout ham loaf dinner planned

SALEM – A “fly-by” carryout dinner will be sold from 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 16 at the First Friends Church on Jennings Avenue. The meal includes glazed ham loaf, cheesy potatoes, seasoned green beans, roll and homemade cake. Cost is $8 each. Reservations in advance may be made by calling the church office at 330-332-0001.

Chicken drive-by dinner set in Leetonia

LEETONIA – The Leetonia United Methodist Church at 50 Lisbon St. will hold its monthly chicken drive-by from 4 to 6 p.m., Jan. 16, or until sold out. The meal consists of a stuffed chicken breast, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans and a brownie. Cost is $7. Proceeds will be used for the new roof at the church.

Missionary family to speak in East Fairfield

EAST FAIRFIELD – On World Gospel Missionaries will present the Metz family: Nathan, Jade, Maddix, Sophie, Ezra and Ruby, on Jan. 19 at the East Fairfield United Methodist Church. Nathan and Jade Metz are missionaries to Uganda. They will share the following message in their testimony: “God doesn’t always speak to us in flashes of light or booms of thunder. Sometimes we have to wait for the noise to subside so that we can hear His voice in a soft whisper. Such is the case in our calling.” A breakfast begins at 8 a.m. followed by a worship service at 9:30 a.m. and Sunday school.

Grief support group to meet in North Lima

NORTH LIMA – The “Walking Through Grief, Finding Your Path” support group will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 23 at Good Hope Lutheran Church, 12030 Market St. Evening groups will begin March 4, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Grief education and support will be offered by Jane Peachey, a licensed independent social worker and bereavement facilitator with over 18 years of experience working with issues of grief, loss and end of life.

For more information and to register for groups call Peachey at 330-549-2406 or 234-567-1461.


Breakfast offered at North Benton church

NORTH BENTON The public is invited to an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Jan. 11 at the North Benton Presbyterian Church. Cost is $6.50 for adults and $3.50 for ages 6 to 12.

Food distribution set in Columbiana

COLUMBIANA – The Oasis Food Ministry is holding a food distribution from 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 9 and 23 at the First Christian Church, 39 Cherry St.

New service times at Bunker Hill church

BELOIT – New service times start Jan. 5 at the Bunker Hill United Methodist Church, 15096 W. Middletown Road. Music and worship will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by Sunday school at 11 a.m.

A potluck dinner and lecture will be held on the fourth Sunday of each month following Sunday school. Pastor Richard Tewles will present “Muslim Religion Truths” on Jan. 26.

Dietician to speak at Ursuline Motherhouse

CANFIELD – A healthy diet is the best weapon against heart disease, according to Agapi Mantos, a registered and licensed dietician and certified specialist in gerontological nutrition with Park Vista, Youngstown.

Mantos, an instructor at Youngstown State University, will offer a lecture on which dietary choices keep hearts in peak condition and how to best evaluate nutrition labels. The lectures will be offered at 9:30 to 10 a.m. or 11 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 3 in the SilverSneakers Room inside the Ursuline Motherhouse, 4250 Shields Road. For more information or to register contact Sister Mary Ellen Dean at 330-792-7636.

GloryWay Quartet to perform Jan. 12

SALEM – The GloryWay Quartet of Mansfield will be in concert at 6 p.m. Jan. 12 at Faith Chapel Fellowship, 511 E. Pershing St.

The quartet has been spreading God’s Word through song for over 10 years, presenting four-part harmony at its best. They have appeared with many of the top groups in the industry including the Dove Brothers, Dixie Melody Boys, The Spencers, Danny Funderburk, Chuck Wagon Gang and countless others.

For a preview visit the group’s website at

Technology for evangelization topic

CANFIELD – Technology for the New Evangelization is the theme for a day-long conference from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 16 at St. Michael Family Life Center in Canfield sponsored by the Diocese of Youngstown Offices of Information Technology and Religious Education. Sister Susan Wolf, SND, keynotes the Conference with Websites and Social Media, Online Tools for the New Evangelization. Our Sunday Visitor Offertory Solutions, another sponsor, will offer workshops on Great Parish Websites, Social Media in 15 Minutes a Day, and Engaging Parishioners in an Annual Plan for Offertory and Communications.

Local presenters join them in offering workshops on blogging and podcasting, free online tools, Facebook, using devices and Google mail, PowerPoint, file sharing in the cloud, youth and social media, Excel and Access, Twitter and special events, and more.

Cost is $25 per person. Conference registration includes lunch, morning refreshments, and parking. Registration is required by Jan. 8 and participants are eligible for religious education certification credit. For registration information call 330-744-8451.

Insurance alternative details offered

SALEM – People of faith interested in details about an alternative to traditional healthcare insurance that costs 65 percent less than the national insurance averages are invited to an informational, no obligation, meeting at 10 a.m. Jan. 11 at Friends Roastery, 474 E. State St. Those planning to attend are asked to call 330-332-1274.